Wordsworth and Into the Wild, Mans Connection with Nature

Topics: Poetry, William Wordsworth, The Solitary Reaper Pages: 5 (1946 words) Published: November 17, 2008
Nature is the universe, with all its phenomena, the elements of the natural world. In society there are those individuals that have an intense connection with nature. William Wordsworth, a romanticist, pantheist and transcendentalist believed that the natural world was an emblem of god or the divine and his poetry often celebrates the beauty and spiritual values of the natural world. Chris McCandless believed that nature was the essence of freedom. The module "In the Wild" deals with humanity's relationship with nature. It shows that nature is the cure for all humanity, the cure for all deeds and a guide to them all. Man's origins lie in nature, it is where man begun and where man will end. Both composers gain insight from nature. Nature is an inspiration to those who seek it. It is a moral agent, correcting the person when he or she has done wrong and showing them the right path. True freedom can only be found in nature itself, not in a city or where society has its root, as Chris McCandless discovers and Wordsworth grows up to learn. "God is in nature", which means that the closer a person is to nature, the closer they are to god; more spiritual, for god is everywhere. Tintern Abbey portrays the beauty, emotion and complex yet simple life around us, it displays a sense of wonder. It takes on these traits by the words used to describe the setting. Tintern Abbey is composed in blank verse, which is a name used to describe unrhymed lines in iambic pentameter. Its style is therefore very fluid and natural; it reads as easily as if it were a prose piece. Occasionally, divided lines are used to indicate a kind of paragraph break, when the poet changes subjects or shifts the focus of his discourse. He goes on to say up to line 48, that he owes something to the world. Maybe it be the graciousness for the beauty, or maybe the thankfulness of the creatures that walk the earth, maybe it be the pleasure of good deeds carried out amongst man. For all of these, he is in a serene blessed mood. "In which the affections gently lead us on, until the breath of this corporeal frame and even the motion of our human blood almost suspended, we are laid asleep in body, and become a living soul…" , he says we all will die, but he enlightens the mood by saying we become living souls. Souls amongst the earth, in harmony and with power for they have lived the life and are now free to see into the life of things, and true meanings. He turns to nature once more beginning on line 88. "For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity…" He realizes that humanity is harsh and contemplates whether he can still be part of that and still be able to appreciate the beauty of it all when there may be things in this world that are far from what he perceives them to be. All in all, he finds peace and nurturing, and describes nature to be "the guardian of my heart, and soul of all my moral being." The end of the passage shows fear for nature forgetting him. He says how he has stood amongst the grounds in solitude, and in fear, but with tender joy that maybe he will be remembered. "If I should be where I no more can hear thy voice, nor catch from thy wild eyes these gleams of past existence- wilt thou then forget that on the banks of this delightful stream we stood together; and that I, so long a worshiper of Nature…" he has this emotion of fear building up and now more than ever is the sense of wonder. Will he just erase from this earth, or will he be remembered? Nature is also perceived as a sustainer, providing Wordsworth with all that he needs to survive in nature. In the poem ‘The Solitary Reaper', nature sustains the girl in two ways. Physically, the grains that she is reaping provide food for her. Whilst emotionally, she finds comfort in being in nature and singing her melody, she is in harmony with nature. Wordsworth described nature not as something beautiful, but...
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